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Fox by Margaret Wild
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Mar 03, 09

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Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks have conspired to make "Fox" disturbing, strange, and thought provoking. The text, the pictures, the themes – there is no comfort in any of these. The cover warns you that danger is approaching - with the bright orange color, the sharp line drawings, and Fox’s profound yellow stare. Fox is as evil a character as I have ever seen in a children’s book – not evil born of greed or selfishness like Red Riding Hood’s wolf, but evil born of a desire to damage something precious, to cause desolation, to bring others to the place of emptiness and despair where Fox’s own heart lies. I am unsure if I would read this book to primary level students. I notice that it is a book selected for the writing trait of ideas, and I can imagine that, in a writing class of intermediate or junior high students, this book would generate endless ideas for discussion and writing.
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